“ Brand: Pets at Home / Type: Grooming „
Before we brought our puppy home I bought lots of puppy stuff but the one thing that I still needed was a puppy brush. I asked in a local pet shop and they told me I was being silly. If the puppy didn't have a matted coat it didn't need a brush and I would just frighten it by brushing! What a strange view.
Jilly was only seven and a half weeks old when we collected her but the breeder's vet had advised that some of the puppies had to go because of the strain on the mother. She's a springer spaniel collie cross and at this tender age her coat was very soft and short and didn't need "grooming." However, it does puppies the world of good to be introduced to a brush at an early age.
I bought the puppy brush in Pets and Home and Jilly loved it from the first. The brush has a wooden base and lovely soft bristles that are just right for little puppies. It's a handy size as well. It isn't meant as an anti tangle device but rather to give the coat a nice brush without being at all harsh. Far from being frightened of the brush Jilly found it soothing and has enjoyed grooming ever since.
When brushing a very young puppy you need to show them the brush first so that they can see what you have in your hand. They will bite it to find out what it is and to feel it. Don't tell the puppy off! Take the brush from the puppy's mouth and very gently brush across the back using soft even strokes. Always go with the lie of the coat. The Pets at Home brush is so nice and soft that your puppy will enjoy it.
I'm so pleased I went with my instincts and started brushing Jilly when she was still so small. A puppy brush is a worthwhile investment and at £3 it won't break the bank.
Here are the dimensions of the product taken from the Pets at Home website:
Approximate Dimensions (Packaged):
H22 x W9 x D2cm.
Approximate Dimensions (Product):
H16.5 x W5 x D2cm.
Approximate Product Weight (for Delivery charge calculation): 69.5gm.
We have had the newest addition to our family for nearly three months now, and i can honestly say i think of her as my newest child!
Belle (our border collie puppy), is probably as spoilt as our two children, and thus has as many toys and grooming products as my children, in fact she probably has more grooming products than our daughter, and she is nearly a teenager!
When we first got her, i had never had a dog or had experience with a dog or pup before, so found that i did purchase far too much stuff, most of which i have never really needed to use too, though did find that this particular product not only help groom her, but also helped develop a bond between myself and my new baby!
The brush itself looks very bog standard, with it having a light wood handle (which Belle found lots of fun, and is now covered in chew marks after my kids left her food cupboard open one day!), and it also having soft nylon bristles.
The idea of this brush is to be able to untangle and smooth the puppies fur gently, rather than de-fuzzing the dog (which is what we are doing now as she is losing her puppy fur and growing her more adult coat), a feat that she initially didn't really know how to react to (again with plenty of squirming and biting!).
Once she had got used to the task itself she was quite happy to let me brush her, and even started to roll onto her back to expose her belly when the brush was taken from the cupboard (she likes a good tummy rub), and this brushes bristle are so soft and flexible i was even able to gently brush the fur around her ears, which seem to have a mind of there own and has started sprouting out in all directions!
After a brush she hadn't lost any fur (not like now with her grown up brush!), but her fur was a bit smoother and shinier looking, and the time i spent grooming her has given me and Belle a chance for some attention and affection, and has definitely created a bond between us.
Price wise the brush was from the pets at home basic range, and cost me a mere £3.00, though i did find that due to just how fast our Belle has grown and started growing her adult coat of fur, the brush has very quickly been made obsolete, so i would probably only recommend this for dogs with a mid to short fur covering, it just wouldn't work on long haired pups i feel.
The brush itself has shown no signs of wear and tear from use (of course there are still the bite marks!), and as a bonding tool as much as a grooming tool i found this highly effective, reccomended!
For more information visit - www.petsathome.co.uk
Thanks for reading x